Australia II Winning the Americas Cup by Ingrid Abery


Australia II Winning the Americas Cup


Ingrid Abery

Ref GC525
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 30" x 20" (76 x 50 cm)
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“Australia II” was victorious in the epic Americas Cup battle of 1983, the first successful challenger to the New York Yacht Club in 132 years. “Australia II” was a 12 metre class yacht designed by Ben Lexcen and built by Stephan Ward. Owned by the American tycoon Alan Bond and skippered by John Bertrand, “Australia II” represented the Royal Perth Yacht Club of Australia in September 1983, challenging the New York Yacht Club for a cup that it had held since 1851. Bearing the sail number KA6, “Australia II” incorporated an extremely unusual and controversial winged keel design, which helped to make it both fast and highly manoeuvrable. The keel design was eventually confirmed as legitimate after a summer of selection trials in 1983 and the Australians also benefited from advances in sail technology developed by New Zealand sail-maker Tom Schnackenberg. During the competition itself, “Australia II” faced the American yacht “Liberty”, skippered by Dennis Conner, in races off Newport, Rhode Island. Coming from behind, “Australia II” eventually prevailed by four races to three; the final victory, on 26 September 1983, was a landmark event in yachting history.